St Cross College

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St Cross College, Oxford

St Cross College, Oxford was founded in 1965. It teaches in the region of 320 graduate students (no undergraduates are accepted to this college). St Cross is a particularly diverse graduate college, with around 70% of students coming from outside the UK. It is located around 0.55 km from the centre of town.

College Scorecard (averages out of five calculated from 5 impressions)
Study (3), Music (2), Sport (3), Smugness (2), Artiness (2) Facilities (2), Accommodation (3) | locate on map

Very small international college, little known within and outside Oxford. Pretty quads and small art collection. In my view, it's rather claustrophobic and cliquey in atmosphere with few famous fellows or former students. Not terribly well endowed and very limited in-college activities beyond the bar. I would not recommend it unless applying for a scholarship or post as junior fellow or as a stepping stone to one of the bigger colleges to do your DPhil.

Study (1), Artiness (2), Sport (1), Music (2), Facilities (1), Accommodation (1), Smugness (2)

Review by Oxford graduate - Former graduate student (December 18, 2009) - add your impression

I liked it here. The food is amazing and the people are very friendly.

Study (3), Artiness (2), Sport (3), Music (2), Facilities (2), Accommodation (3), Smugness (2)

Review by Undisclosed - Student (November 6, 2012) - add your impression

Spent several years here as a graduate student. Would STRONGLY advise any prospective students to choose elsewhere. Poor facilities and limited financial resources are part of the problem, but a close, supportive student community makes up for it. I did not feel that the staff were helpful to me. If you value your academic experience at Oxford, there are far better choices for graduate students.

Study (4), Artiness (3), Sport (3), Music (3), Facilities (2), Accommodation (2), Smugness (3)

Review by Undisclosed - alumni (November 20, 2011) - add your impression

I like STX because there are no undergraduates (big big advantage) who are the ones who tend to manifest the "stereotypical oxbridge" behaviour. Very nice, Harry Potter buildings and in the centre. True no one knows it or has heard of it (it was the pointless answer for "Oxford Colleges" on Pointless) and there arent really any good academics. But really, if you are a student does it matter which college? Im sure no one has ever not got a job over someone else on this basis.

Lunch very nice, bit pricy but so much better than Baliol which is across the road and where we have our evening meals (apart from tuesdays when we have it in STX) Baliol is truly truly awful and not that much cheaper.

Students all great really, very good mix and because everyone is at least 21/22 and already has 1 degree no idiot undergraduates walking around in tweeds making stupid comments. Very very international, (i.e. maybe three of four UK students in the whole college) which having met the other Oxford UK students is a big asset.

Only bug-bear is facilities (library is v small) but they are trying to build a new one but the council keeps saying no, so not much the college can do really they have tried their hardest.

Study (4), Artiness (2), Sport (2), Music (1), Facilities (1), Accommodation (4), Smugness (2)

Review by Harry - member (December 13, 2013) - add your impression

The college is relatively new (founded only in 1965), is centrally located, right on St. Giles, next to the Blackfriars and in the same block as the Ashmolean Museum, and occupies most of the old and magnificent buildings of the Pusey House (tightly associated with the Oxford Movement). It's a small college and has a very friendly and inclusive atmosphere. Differently than most other colleges, there is no high table, so there isn't that awkward feeling when having dinners in which student's can barely interact with fellows. And in fact, the fellows (and staff) are great and really care for the group. It's a graduate college, so problems like drunk students vomiting on the carpet don't happen here. With the completion of the West Quad, more facilities should become available soon.

Study (4), Artiness (2), Sport (3), Music (2), Facilities (2), Accommodation (4), Smugness (2)

Review by Undisclosed - DPhil Student (January 28, 2014) - add your impression